As I’m sitting here typing this, I can’t believe it’s been over a month since my last article. It definitely wasn’t my intention to have such a big gap between posts but God opened my eyes to a big change I needed to make and it’s left little time for anything else.
So what is it that ate up my time and kept me offline? (Okay, I really didn’t mean to rhyme!!)
Moving on…About 2 months ago, with the Lord’s leading, I began to transition from a pretty healthy diet (at least I considered it so) to the Autoimmune Protocol Diet (a.k.a. AIP for short).
For those of you who are unfamiliar with it, you’re not alone. I’d heard of keto and paleo diet but didn’t have any idea that AIP existed. I wasn’t even looking for it. Praise God for His infinite grace and help in “stumbling” upon it.
AIP is an elimination diet (for 30 days or more) intended for those who are suffering from autoimmune diseases or the symptoms of it. By seeking to avoid all potential irritants, the goal is to give time to the body and digestive system so it can rest and heal.
DISCLAIMER: I am not a doctor or dietician and am in no way qualified to give you medical or nutritional recommendations. Every person is different so if you have concerns about symptoms you are experiencing, I do recommend that you pray and talk with a health professional about whether this would be beneficial in your case. This is simply my story and journey to better health as the Lord has guided me.
So, What is Autoimmune Protocol?
AIP has lots of details, but here it is in a nutshell:
- All Grains
- All Gluten
- All Dairy
- All seeds and nuts
- Nightshade vegetables (Tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, potatoes, except sweet potatoes)
- Processed sugars
- Processed foods
- Spices from seeds, nightshades and berries
- All Legumes
- All animal proteins
- All Veggies (except those listed above)
- All fruits (except goji and wolf berries-anyone know what wolf berries are??)
- Non-seed based spices
- Rendered animal fats
- Lard, Bacon fat, olive and avocado oil
- Coconut products
So, to be AIP-compliant- stick to this list of foods, exercise and get rid of all stress.
Well, for me it was a little overwhelming trying to learn all the ins and outs of this diet, and to be honest, I’m still in the process. But it’s been so worth it.
Did I go Cold Turkey or take Baby Steps?
Some people make the transition slowly, removing foods little by little, others decide to educate themselves completely, create a plan beforehand and then make the jump cold turkey.
Because I entered in with almost zero knowledge and had to find all new recipes, I’ve spent countless hours educating myself on AIP, scouring cookbooks, learning new recipes, watching YouTube videos and listening to podcasts.
Add up my lack of knowledge, the difficulty of finding and implementing new recipes, my personality, along with the desire for my body to experience the least amount of shock from this change, and it was a no-brainer for me to choose to take baby steps.
The Faithfulness of God Shines Through in All Areas of Life–Even Eating!
Praise God that He is faithful and has helped me every step of the way.
Before discovering AIP, I thought that I just suffered from a long list of unrelated health problems. Now, by the grace of God, my eyes are being opened to see the root of the problem and how much is actually connected.
It’s amazing to see how far-reaching the effects of food are on the body!
The Lord my Healer answered prayers by leading me to this diet so that my body can be stronger to serve Him better.
For me, in this moment, I am confident that AIP is how I can eat and drink to the glory of God!
And if He’s shown me the path to getting stronger physically, how can I not put all my effort into it? So, that’s what I sought to do.
After building up an arsenal of recipes, I feel like I’m finally starting to find my rhythm in the kitchen again and I can finally start to breath (and blog) a little!
Even though this has been a great challenge, it’s also been a fun adventure and I have seen the Lord sanctifying me in every area: physically, emotionally and spiritually.
And am I ever Thankful!